Little kids sure can ask a lot of questions! Mine definitely do! Sometimes my brain gets so exhausted from diligently trying to answer each one of them. When older children come to visit, I enjoy a reprieve. They take over my role and I am intrigued by their simple but concise answers. A while back, my oldest son, Daniel wanted to know, "Why does that boat have a door?" While I was still trying to formulate an explanation, our visitor piped in, "So you can open and close it." To my astonishment, Daniel was completely satisfied with that answer.
This morning at 6:30, David, my five-year-old, was already thinking up a storm. While playfully moving his toy animal along his mug of hot chocolate, he threw me a tough one: "Why did God make dinosaurs that are so big and dangerous?" Trying to squeeze God's creativity, might, sovereignty and wisdom into a child's vocabulary, I suddenly realized that David knew the answer already. Remembering last night's catechism practice, I asked him, "Why did God make you and all things?" A wide smile spread over David's face as he gave his reply: "For his own glory!"
Yes, often the simple answers are the most satisfactory. David's reply not only helped him understand the world around him, it is also having a great impact on my day. Everything I look at, God created for his own glory. That is exactly why he made each one of us. I am so thankful for a God who gives our lives meaning and purpose.
"Walk in a manner, worthy of God who calls you into his own kingdom and glory." 1 Thess 2:12